De Pasquale's Dozen: Sean Hannity

In 1989, a brash young guy was fired from his part-time talk radio gig at a college station in Santa Barbara, Calif., because of an exchange with a caller. The local ACLU chapter came to his defense and asked that the station hire him back. The radio station backed down, but the host declined. He decided to seek a full-time radio gig somewhere else.

You have to wonder if the ACLU ever regretted its decision to help launch one of the conservative movement’s most popular and influential leaders, Sean Hannity.

Millions of great Americans tune in for Hannity’s radio and TV shows each week. His programs provide a forum for well-known and up-and-coming conservative leaders, which has been particularly beneficial for conservative victories in 2010. He is also the author of three New York Times bestsellers, Let Freedom Ring, Deliver Us from Evil and Conservative Victory.

I’ve had the privilege of attending and volunteering at several of Hannity’s Freedom Concerts. The concerts benefit the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund, which provides money for college tuition to students with a parent that was permanently disabled or killed in military action.

At the August Freedom Concert in Orlando, Fla., a young woman who was presented with a scholarship talked about her father’s heroism in saving two fellow servicemen from the burning wreckage after a plane crash. He was injured during the crash and is now battling a rare form of cancer. Upon hearing that his daughter would receive a Freedom Alliance college scholarship, her father, Kerry Crooks, said it “has cemented the love of country Kate possesses that goes beyond what she reads in a textbook; these actions demonstrate how many of those in her country truly care.”

Thanks to Hannity’s support, the Freedom Concerts have raised over $10 million for the Freedom Alliance Scholarship Fund. In March 2010, he announced that the net proceeds of his book, Conservative Victory, would be donated to the fund. As the daughter of military veterans, I’m grateful that Hannity’s support of the military and their families will have an impact for years to come.

1. If there were a television channel that only showed one movie over and over, what movie should it be?

HANNITY: It would have to show two movies Gladiator and Braveheart.

2. What’s one of your favorite movie quotes?

HANNITY: “Strength and Honor”—Gladiator

3. If you could give President Obama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Leader Harry Reid the “Clockwork Orange treatment,” what movie would you make them watch?

HANNITY: I would make them watch “Hannity” the TV show, hopefully the November 3, 2010 edition.

4. What pop culture souvenir do you own that people would be surprised to learn that you cherish?

HANNITY: A couple of years ago at a Yankee game my son got hit in the face by screeching foul ball hit by Vladimir Guerrero. He autographed the ball that hit him, and Derek Jeter also autographed a ball. Turned out my son was not hurt badly, but he could have been, it was scary. A reminder to me about what matters most in life!

5. What’s your current “guilty pleasure” non-news television show?

HANNITY: Any and all sports.

6. What is a Snooki?

HANNITY: You will have to ask President Obama and the ladies of the “View.”

7. What was the first concert you ever attended and where did you sit and who went with you?

HANNITY: Blue Oyster Cult, Nassau Coliseum. Just some local friends and we had the worst seats in the house.

8. What books were on your summer reading list?

HANNITY: Besides all the political books I read—David Limbaugh’s Crimes Against Liberty—was my favorite, I re-read Eckhart Tolles’s A New Earth. Dr. James Dobson’s Love Must Be Tough. I read the Bible on a regular basis. I am re-reading Sun Tzu’s Art of War. I love novels but I never have the time to finish them which is frustrating.

9. If Republicans and Democrats had theme songs for 2010 what would they be?

HANNITY: Democrats: Lynard Skynard, “That Ain’t My America (Hannity radio re-edit)
Republicans: Lee Greenwood, “God Bless the USA”

10. What’s the coolest thing you’ve been able to do because of your role in the political arena?

HANNITY: Fly on Air Force One and sit in the Oval Office.

11. What one thing would you do as President “just because you could”?
HANNITY: Go to every big sporting event I could. And take out Iran’s nuclear facilities.

12. Tell me about the moment you decided to enter the political arena.

HANNITY: I could not stop watching the Iran-Contra hearings, I was hooked. It was then I started calling talk radio shows.